Legislators Move Ahead On Burgum Suit
State legislators are moving ahead on their intention to sue Governor Burgum.
KX News says it all stems from line item vetoes issued by the Governor.
The governor issued a response Thursday which reads in part:
As I’ve stated before, the intent of these vetoes was to protect executive branch authority, preserve the separation of powers and prevent spending of scarce state resources without full legislative review...while we don’t believe this lawsuit to be a prudent use of taxpayer dollars, we will respond accordingly to any legal action that attempts to infringe on executive branch authority.
KX says the legislative management members who voted in favor of the suit include: Senator Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, Senator Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford, Senator Donald Schaible, R-Mott, Representative Larry Bellew, R-Minot, House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, Representative Bill Devlin, R-Finley, Representative Kathy Hogan, D-Fargo, Representative Mike Lefor, R-Dickinson, Representative Scott Louser, R-Minot, Representative Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, Representative Jim Schmidt, R-Huff, Representative Jay Seibel, R-Beulah.
[Source: KXMB TV News]